MDE Commissioner Mueller: Updates to Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response and What it Means for Schools

From Heather Mueller, the Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner: On May 6, Governor Walz has announced another step forward in Minnesota’s fight against COVID-19. More than 2.5 million Minnesotans have gotten a vaccine, which is putting us on track for a great summer. We have reasons to be optimistic about our progress against the virus, but our school-age children have been significantly impacted by the virus in recent months, so we must continue to be diligent with health and safety requirements as we wrap up this school year. Since our youngest Minnesotans are still not eligible for the vaccine, the Safe Learning Plan for schools will continue to the end of the school year. We have to protect students, teachers and staff in Minnesota’s schools, and that doesn’t change. Click here to learn what the loosening of restrictions will mean for schools.


MSBA Issues Guidance on Open Meeting Law Advisory

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Administration (Department) issued Advisory Opinion 21-003 on the open meeting law and the pandemic meeting statute (13D.021). This statute has been the focus of a number of conversations recently as Minnesota has used it for the first time since it was created in 2007. Click here to read MSBA's guidance on Advisory Opinion 21-003.


2021 Bond Referenda Results

MSBA's Bond Referenda Results for February and April shows four districts passing bond referenda and four districts that failed to pass bond questions. For the bond referenda detailed list (updated April 15), click here. If you don't see your district on the list, send your information to MSBA's Greg Abbott at gabbott@mnmsba.org.